SPC Prof Wins Music Composition Grant

Two sheets of sheet music.

Dr. David Manson, a St. Petersburg College Music Professor and a founder of the college’s Music Industry and Recording Arts program, was recently named a recipient of a music composition grant from Creative Pinellas, a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to supporting local artists and nurturing a vibrant arts community in Pinellas County.

Creative Pinellas provides $5000 grants to local artists who have excelled in their practice, and Manson was the only recipient of a music composition grant.

David Manson directs orchestra

Manson, who teaches jazz studies and recording arts at SPC, is a composer, trombonist and producer. He has worked in many areas of music, including jazz, orchestral, world music, rock and chamber music. His bands include O Som Do Jazz, which features bossa nova and samba jazz, Helios Jazz Orchestra, which was voted Best Jazz Group – Best of the Bay by Tampa Bay Magazine, the Mobile Itinerant Funk Unit, a New Orleans-style street band featuring funk, jazz and world music, and Glorious Brass, a brass quintet.  

He also finds time to give back to the community. As the director of the nonprofit EMIT, he oversees the many workshops and concerts involving new music, jazz, world music interactive electronics, improvisational and interdisciplinary art forms. EMIT is also the presenter of the annual St. Petersburg Jazz Festival and the Recording Arts Program (RAP) with Boys & Girls Club students at the Royal Theater in Midtown.

“I view music education as an investment in our community for current and future audiences,” Manson said. “It also leads to wonderful collaborative projects with area artists.”

Manson said he plans to use the music composition grant for production of his compositions as well as to improve his branding.

“It’s an honor to receive the award, and it also gives me the means to document my music in a tangible form through recording.”

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